With the health issues going on in the family, I’ve not paid any attention to my writing. I can tell I’ve not been writing again, my dreams are more vivid and my focus is a bit scattered because my mind is always wandering to the stories in my head.
I just came across a grant I want to write. I probably won’t get it but it is worth trying for. I also came across a contest that I want to submit. I’ve entered it before and done okay.
In order to get these two projects done by the submission deadlines, I have to sort through my piles on my shelves and get them organized so I can pull the manuscript for the contest. I need to get through all the edits on the paper copy. Then read it again to see if it needs editing again. Aside from the tweaking of the manuscript I need to write a 500 word description of the story, take a 5000 excerpt, and follow all the other directions.
For the grant, I will have to pull together a lot of information of what I’ve had published and what my project would look like. There are so many steps there I don’t even know if I can list them all.
The contest has a deadline of March 3 and the grant has a deadline of March 12. This means I am going to have to get my act together over the next two weeks and get a lot of stuff done. It will be insane. I also think I will thoroughly enjoy it.
This weekend after all the errands, I hope to sort through yet another pile in my office and figure out where I’m at with my manuscript so I can work on it for the contest submission – little time and lots to do.
For the last three weeks I’ve been getting shots of goo in my knees and yesterday was my last shot. Now I just have to go back for a final check up. I’ve noticed a decrease of pain in my knees though I still have pain and problems but it is a decided improvement.
Last weekend we went to Vicki’s place in Indiana and Gin and Stephanie came there from Georgia. My nephew and our friend also joined us so we had seven in Vicki’s apartment. Considering there were so many we did really well. The time flew by but I think we all had a good time. Except maybe Sasha who was not happy that Moo shoo from Georgia (Gin and Steph’s cat) came to visit too. He was all about love me and she was all about get the hell away from me. By Monday when they were getting ready to leave she was not having hissy fits every time she saw him.
Circle Magazine has one of my articles in it. I was pleased to see they printed one after they had contacted me for a few to use. This is the next thing on my list – get back to writing. I’m supposed to take it easy this weekend (because of the shots) so I’ll work on the grad gift I still have to make. However, once this weekend is done I’m going to switch to writing mode. I, of course, have a to-do list. There is a grant to write, articles for Circle, a contest, and a few other things I want to work on.
I have vacation to use up so I’ll likely be taking a few days – after my department moves – to have writing time at home ALONE. I’m very much looking forward to having this time and being very productive. One thing I have to tackle is cleaning my office. It is a wreck and I need to handle it – sooner rather than later.
No kids and no pets – it has been nice in the house with just Ken and I. I have my moments where I miss my kids but mostly, I’m quite content to be without extra people in my house. Ken and I are figuring out how to deal with each other which is always interesting. At least there hasn’t been any bloodshed – yet…
Actually it is probably two or three to-do lists at this point. I need one for the basement as we have a crack in our foundation and we need to clean it and get it prepped to get fixed. I’m pretty sure that is a long list of cleaning and reorganizing things. Then there is my school to-do list. One of my professors is very organized and helpful, and the other, isn’t. Of course I have a crochet / crafting list. Last but certainly not least – I need to finish writing my grant so I can ask someone else to read it before I submit it.
I was working on my science homework and a friend told me I didn’t have to get it all done then. I told her everything is SCHEDULED. Yup I’m back to the schedule my life mode. I didn’t actually finish the chapter I was working on but I came close. I’ll try to finish it tonight when I get home. I’ll also work on crocheting tonight.
The weekend will be filled with editing my grant to get a “final” version. I can edit until time ends so I will have to cut things off if I want to get it submitted in time. I have a rough draft for the four sections I need but none of them are final. I’d like to get that finished this weekend.
Aside from that task, I have homework. Vicki also told me we have three sets of DVDs to get through so I’ll probably get a lot of crocheting done while we watch DVDs. I also still have to finish that last lab. In addition to the lab, I’d like to review the ones I already did to see if I can improve on them at all. I’ve taken five quizzes (labs) and three of them have answers wrong. We can take them twice so if I can figure out which ones I’ve done wrong, I can do them again and add points. The professor takes the highest score so if I do worse it won’t hurt my grade.
I have my first science test next week and am a bit nervous about it. The labs / quizzes are fairly straight forward. I don’t know how the professor will be and it isn’t one of my better topics, which means I’m a bit nervous about it. I’ll have to schedule (there is that word again) some study time for the exam.
Sunday we will have a couple over to watch the Super Bowl. I’ll likely crochet through all of the game as I’m not a fan. The couple is fun though so I can have fun with them even if I don’t like what is on the TV.
Hopefully I will cross off many things on my to-do list this weekend. The more I get off the list the fewer items that will have to carry over to next week’s to-do list. Some might say I’m obsessive about to-do lists but I say it is just good organization.